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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 93 388 79 22
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good25%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible13%
Travelers talk about
“soup” (123 reviews)
“noodles” (77 reviews)
“spring rolls” (92 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 2:00 AM Hours
Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Lunch Lady is unreal hype, read it first before going! 1. Tourists are being charged prices several times higher than locals straight ahead (260.000 VND for 2 soups vs about 70.000 VND in any other place for locals!) 2. Without asking (!) they put...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Aramis2288
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place was just ok. The soup was good but not the best I have had in Vietnam. You also need to be carful because they bring you all these extras to the table (salad rolls. Spring rolls. Etc) and if you do not say...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank clayman739
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was great but they charge tourists a different price to the locals this is discrimination in my eyes. They also try to put a lot of bad fried food on the table which they over charge you for too. Try and ask them...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Scrambled E
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

What a surprise to go to this place. Daily the Lunch Lady has one dish of the day. Today was phô day. We had beef phô and chicken phô. They came with lots of hors d’oevres like fried shrimp toast, spring rolls with shrimp, rice...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank FayeInAmsterdam
Reviewed November 1, 2018

I had read several reviews about the Lunch Lady overcharging foreigners prior to going so I knew what to watch out for but we still ended up having to pay more than we should have. As soon as you sit down, the food stands surrounding...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Ali D
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Yet another Anthony Bourdain winner! Lived up to the hype! Can't tell you what to order, because she only makes one dish per day. Fridays are usually Bún bò Huế, which I like more than pho and highly recommend! Pro Tip: They will put a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SEANinSoCal
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

The food was okay but not worth the price, nothing much else to say. Not as exciting as it seemed on social media

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank afarin1
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

As soon as we sat down before they started putting extra food on the table, never happened to the locals. Off course they charged us for it. Bad experience have rip off merchants

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Macca032
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

Went here for the obvious hype of Anthony Bourdain and was very disappointed. Outlined by many other people expect to get ripped off for street food if your a tourist. Yes the food was okay but nothing to write home about. Plenty of other less...More

Date of visit: October 2018
3  Thank Charles H
Reviewed October 22, 2018

We like the food, we just hate how the vendors connive to rip us off. We only wanted to have the soup but other vendors gave us food that we didn’t order. That was the most expensive meal we ate in the streets, we didn’t...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank April J
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Questions & Answers
April 17, 2018|
Response from eriol-gasteiz | Reviewed this property |
She basically stays there all day long. I went by morning, around 11a.m. and she was there already. When I passed by again in the afternoon, around 7p.m., there she was again. Ask for the price first because the food is... More
April 17, 2018|
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Response from Hana Š | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it has been already some time we were there, but I believe she serves until 4 pm.
Sean L
June 11, 2017|
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Response from viewsfromawayfarer | Reviewed this property |
yes, open on Sundays (at least when I was there)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 93 388 79 22
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